Posts by Maheen

2016 Energy Outlooks for Renewables – U.S. EIA and BP

Posted on Apr 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

2016 EIA Short-term Energy Outlook (April 2016) The 2016 EIA STEO projects that share of renewable electricity generation will increase by 10.0% in 2016 and by 5.1% in 2017. The 2016 EIA STEO projects that share of renewable electricity generation will increase by 10.0% in 2016 and by 5.1% in 2017. Utility-scale solar PV capacity is expected to grow by 9 GW in 2016. States leading in utility-scale solar capacity additions are California, Nevada, North Carolina, Texas, and Georgia. Wind capacity increased by 13% in 2015, and it is forecast to increase by 8% in 2016 and by 9% in 2017. This is slower growth than in 2015 (13%), and will amount to 5.6% share of total...

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How can energy storage integrate renewables into our power grid?

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

One emerging advancement in the clean energy sector is energy storage – particularly as it applies to storing renewable energy on the electric grid. The energy from renewable fuel sources can be stored at any point in the electric distribution system – at power stations, along transmission, lines, and near customers. Energy storage holds many potential benefits: – It could optimize the availability of renewable energy, which is naturally intermittent; – Stored energy could alleviate energy shortages and blackouts as back-up fuel supply; – Power from energy storage systems can be dispatched more quickly than from gas-powered combustion turbines,...

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Floatovoltaics – A solution for water and energy conservation?

Posted on Mar 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Japan’s Kyocera and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation just started construction on its long planned 13.7 MW floating solar installation on the Yamakura Dam reservoir – the largest floating solar installation in the world. However, floating solar panel installations (also called “floatovoltaics”) have also propped up in the U.S in the past five years. “Floatovoltaics” are floating photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, which are convenient to install in areas with limited land availability. The cost of leasing water for solar installations is lower than that of land. Therefore, floatovoltaic systems are ideal for dams, reservoirs, and water utilities that are high...

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Current state of U.S. renewable energy policy

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently released its projections for the U.S. energy sector in their Annual Short-term Energy Outlook report.  As of 2014, renewable energy sources (hydropower, wind energy, biomass wood, biomass waste, geothermal, and solar energy) made up about 13% of the U.S. energy sources, with nearly half of that percentage (48%) coming from hydro.  According to the Outlook report, EIA expects total renewable useage by the power sector to increase by 8.1% in 2016. The development of renewable energy technologies, particularly solar and wind energy technologies, have been aided by federal policy incentives aimed at integrating...

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